Mayor's Message 13 December 2016

Councillors, senior staff and I recently toured the Hydrowood facilities to gain an understanding of the innovative practices happening on our doorstep.

It was somewhat surprising to see this operation occurring not far off the highway between Rosebery and Zeehan. This ambitious forestry project sees workers harvest specialty timbers from below the waters of Lake Pieman.  The tour was very informative, detailing the engineering used to harvest the timber and the demand for the timber across Australia. 

Council’s Annual General Meeting will be held tonight from 4.50pm in Queenstown, followed by the final Council meeting for 2016.  The Annual Report for 2015-2016 will be presented at the AGM, I encourage everyone to read the report as it details Council’s business and achievements over the past financial year.  The General Meeting will see the draft social media and communications policy up for adoption – a somewhat necessary document given how much business and individuals rely on both to communicate.   Also on the agenda is the proposed parking by-law, the Sustainable Murchison Plan 2040, new building legislation and several requests for financial and in-kind assistance.

As this is the last Mayor’s Message for 2016 I would like to take this opportunity to wish all West Coasters, and visitors to our region, a safe and happy Christmas and New Year period.  2016 has been a busy year with a lot of changes felt by many in our communities.  Take the time to relax and spend time with family and friends.  If you have the opportunity to explore the West Coast, or travel across the state, please take care on the roads. 

Phil Vickers


11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467